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Atman in hinduism is that core of life in absence of which the existence of the body itself gets negated. Atman in hinduism stands for our soul which resides in the heart within the body. For that matter... every single living being... be it the form of an insect, plant or an animal... the presence of atman is a confirmed fact.
It is this fact of atman which makes India... the spiritual centre of the world. Why?

Atman is the only true existence of life. Without an atma... everything in the Cosmos becomes inert matter. At the time of the birth of a being... the body gets activated by the soul within. The pumping of a heart is directly related to the presence of the soul within the heart. Right from the beginning of the cosmos with a big bang... it is only the journey of atmans that led to hospitable planets like mother earth being born. The big bang resulted in all the souls existing in the Cosmos getting scattered all over the Cosmos.

As the environs become conducive for a life to germinate... the atman settles down. This relationship between every atma and mother earth is very unique. Unless mother earth permits every atman... none can germinate itself culminating into a beautiful living being. The journey of life (by the atman) from the first manifestation as an amoeba to the last manifestation... the 8.4 millionth manifestation when life reaches its pinnacle... the stage of an enlightened one being born... is the only crux of life one needs to understand!


The stage of enlightenment is when the atman within a body liberates forever from the cycle of birth and death. It becomes free never to manifest a body again. The soul having gained enlightenment lives in the kingdom of God... known as Vaikuntha in Hinduism.
The story of manifestation of a body by an atman is best explained in the doctrine of Bhagavad Gita... the doctrine put forward by Lord Krishna in the battlefield of Mahabharata. This one doctrine is sufficient for mankind to understand the journey of life from the first manifestation to the last.

The cosmic journey of 8.4 million manifestations by an atman (equivalent to an earthly journey of about 96.4 million years) is the real essence of life. The whole concept of Hinduism is based upon this journey of soul from beginning to the last manifestation.


The significance of the body compared to the atman inside the body is almost negligible in Hinduism. The prime reason why utmost significance is attached to soul alone bares the fact that the physical existence of a body is only as long as we have the senses and the mind. The moment the senses and the mind cease to exist... every body becomes inert!

In the world of atmans there is no place for a body. It is only because no atman soul can cleanse itself of the impurities within... it needs a body! Every soul manifests body one after another until it reaches the cosmic end part of life when it finally liberates from the cycle of manifestations. Having become pure this atman need not manifest a body again!

As we require the requisite mining machinery to remove the impurities from the core to separate the metal out of it... every atman requires a body to cleanse itself of the dross within. The journey from the stage of an amoeba to the last... the stage of Lord Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ and Prophet Mohammed are all meant for that.

The physical manifested life... the life of a human being is best lived if we recognize the presence of an atman within on its cosmic journey. We need to understand that we must never try to superimpose our ego over the requirements of the soul within. The journey is being undertaken by the atman and not by the body. The more the interference... more are the tensions faced by a human being in practical life.

To know the ABC of the world of atmans... one needs to delve deep into the bottomless pit of Bhagavad Gita... the doctrine put forward by Lord Krishna. This one document is sufficient for one to understand the cosmic crux of life forever. Having learnt of the truth in Bhagavad Gita... there is nothing else to be learnt in life in any of the manifestations.

Bhagavad Gita is an end unto itself. For gaining enlightenment one needs to understand the underlying meaning within the every shloka (verse) of Bhagavad Gita. Only then the cycle of life for the atman within completes. Be it atma hinduism hindu viveka buddhism consciousness innerself... everything bogs down to... all point towards the true essence of life... the soul present within the body!


Vijay Kumar explains concept of Soul in brief

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By: Vijay Kumar "Atma Jnani"

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